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By comparing versions of Shakespeare's play in three languages, reveals changing social and political perspectives relating to Jews and stereotypes about them. The histories of the reception of "The Merchant of Venice" reveal continuing reciprocal relations among the three cultures. In Germany the center of the play shifted from Elizabethan romantic comedy to the character of the Jew, who became an important figure in a country involved in determining who was a German and who was an alien. The latter stereotype culminated in the Nazi image of the Jew. Both the Yiddish and Hebrew translations presented counter-images of the Jew, either as a moral foil to immoral Christians or in tragic or heroic opposition to antisemites. In postwar Germany the play has served as a point of departure for discussions about German-Jewish relations in general and the Holocaust in particular. (From the Bibliography of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism)

Title "Scorned my nation" : a comparison of translations of The merchant of Venice into German, Hebrew, and Yiddish / Dror Abend-David.
Publisher New York : P. Lang
Creation Date c2003
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-236) and index.
Series Comparative cultures and literatures
vol. 16
Format 247 pages
24 cm.
Language English
Identifier ISBN0820457981
System Number 990023028010205171

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